McMinnville officials have approved purchasing 391 chairs for the Park Theatre. They will be used in the lower level, while the balcony will remain seatless.
The quote came from Discount Seating in Jacksonville, Tenn. The cost is $41,990, which is slightly more than $107 per chair and covers the cost of renovation, installation and mounting anchors, seat and row tags, shipping and unloading.
“These are seats for the main floor, downstairs only,” said city administrator Bill Brock. “We cannot use the balcony as of right now. That area was taken out of the renovation. The fire marshal will not allow us to use the balcony.”
A second option, that being to purchase 584 seats at a cost of $62,216, was also submitted: 391 seats for the main floor and 193 for the lower balcony.
When questioned if the city should purchase all the chairs just to make sure they are the same style, Brock says it’s up to officials but the balcony will not be used.
“After talking with the guy who came here the other day, it sounds like they are loaded with seats,” said Brock. “I look at it a different way now. Whether you do it now or do it later, I don’t know if it’s a big deal. If you want to, that’s fine. No one’s going to sit in those seats until the balcony is completely finished.”
When asked if he believes the same type chairs will be available later, Brock added, “I don’t see why not. We are sitting here 40-50 years down the road and they are available. If they are a different style, so what. That’s the way I look at it.”
Approving the purchase were Mayor Jimmy Haley, Vice Mayor Ben Newman, and Aldermen Harvey, Everett Brock, Mike Neal, and Ryle Chastain. Absent was Alderman Jimmy Bonner.